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|Nov-07-13|| ||Nosnibor: Towards the end of his career Blackburne was giving simultaneous exhibitions and I hold an original letter of his addressed to "Hon.Sec.Leicester Chess Club"This was sent on the 16th September 2010 from his address at 39 Stillness Road,Forest Hill,S.E.It reads:-Dear Sir I am booking dates for my usual annual tour and shall be in the Birmingham district ftom the 11th to 19th of October,and if a visit to your club could be arranged about that time,I would come to Leicester and play 20 games simultanneously for a fee of two guineas-Will you kindly let me knowat your earliest convenience-I remain yours truly J H Blackburne The actual event took place at the King`s Restaurant,Leicester on Wednesday 12th October 1910.He contested 21 games losing to Dr.H Mason,drawing with Dr.Bennett,E.H Collier,A. Underwood,V.H.Lovell,V.D Pavord,A.F.Atkins,J Lee,H. C.Eales,W.R.T.Whatmore and H.W.Bourne.He won the remaining 10 games for a score of 15.5/21.Not bad for someone approaching his 70th year.Here is the game he contested against Lovell(Black)French Defence,Exchange variation 1e4,e6.2d4,d5.3exd5,exd5.4Nf3,Nf6.5Bd3,Bd6.60-0,-
e1,b4.22Nh5,Nxh5.23Qxh5 Draw agreed.Maybe Black can win at this point by 23g6?
|Nov-08-13|| ||Nosnibor: In my last post the dste of Blackburne`s letter was of course 16th September,1910 and not 2010!Apologies.|
|Nov-09-13|| ||Chessical: Quaint story about Blackburne and one of his simultaneous performances>|
The "Yorkshire Weekly Post" says that during a recent simultaneous performance against the members of a ladies' chess club Mr J .H. Blackburne had worked up a Queen sacrifice against one of his opponents.
On the master's next visit to the board the lady said: 'Had you not better reconsider your last move, Mr Blackburne? You have put your Queen en prise'.
Mr Blackburne sighed his usual sigh, and answered - 'It will have to stand madam, I never take moves back.' So the Queen was captured, and then the arch-deceiver remarked - 'I am afraid, madam, that I shall have to mate you in three moves.'"
The Brisbane Courier p.11 - Saturday 24 February 1906
|Nov-14-13|| ||Chessical: Blackburne was in poor health for the final year of his life, with his wife recently predeceasing him. |
<Hull Daily Mail> - Tuesday 02 September 1924
Mr Blackburne was seized with slight paralytic stroke about year ago.
<Western Morning News> - Wednesday 03 September 1924
Mr. John Henry Blackburne, the great English chess player, died on Monday at Lewisham in his 83rd year. ..." The intrinsic merits of Blackburue's characteristic games are such," says " The Times," " that he must rank the finest player this country has ever produced, though, unlike Staunton, he never became the world's champion."
He was buried in Ladywell Cemetery, Ladywell Road, Lewisham, London SE13 7HY.
From the on-line records it appers that his grave is
Mary Jane BLACKBURNE died 1922 aged 83 - Wife
Joseph Henry BLACKBURNE died 1924 aged 82 - Husband
|Dec-10-13|| ||Robespierre: I'm one of those patzers who's a big Blackburne enthusiast because of his fondness for the Evans Gambit -- at which opening he was quite successful! And, how many top level chess players live to the age of 82!!|
|Dec-10-13|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Joseph Henry Blackburne.|
|Dec-10-13|| ||Nosnibor: One of the feww players of his time to have a plus score against Pillsbury.(+2).R.I.P.Master Blackburne|
|Dec-10-13|| ||TheFocus: <Nosnibor> Not all of the Pillsbury - Blackburne games are here in <CG>. |
Their actual record is +4=4-4.
|Dec-10-13|| ||Nosnibor: <TheFocus> I am afraid I do not agree.Their actual head to head scores is 5 wins to Blackburne,3 wins to Pillsbury and 5 draws,ignoring 2 consultation games where they scored one each.Blackburne won at Nuremberg 1896,Cable match 1896,twice at London 1899 and Cable match 1899.Pillsbury won twice at Vienna 1898 and Cable match 1901.Draws were scored in the Cable matches in 1897, 1898 and 1900,Hastings 1895 and an exhibition game in Vienna 1898.I am not aware of any other games between these two contestants.|
|Dec-10-13|| ||TheFocus: I am talking about official games, not exhibitions or consultations.|
|Dec-10-13|| ||Petrosianic: Depends what you mean by exhibition games. Simultaneous exhibitions, sure. But there were a lot of one or two-shot games in those days, played independently of a tournament or match, and regarded as absolutely "official" (whatever that meant in those days). One of Capablanca's most famous games was one such exhibition:|
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914
|Dec-10-13|| ||TheFocus: I am wrong. I thought they split their games in London 1899. Instead Blackburne won them both.|
Thanks <Nosnibor>. I will change my database.
|Dec-10-13|| ||TheFocus: I consider those 2 game shots to be matches.
I do draw the line at a one game shot. To me that is an exhibition game.
But, I don't get to make those decisions. That's above my pay grade.
|Dec-10-13|| ||Petrosianic: If it's played under classicial time controls, with no funny rules (like theme openings or the like), I have no problem counting it as an official game. But I agree, a 1-shot is pretty odd.|
|Feb-02-14|| ||Karpova: The British Chess Federation started a collection for Blackburne. A fund was to be created to allow for the Blackburnes to have a carefree evening of life. At around mid-January 1911 they had already collected almost 7200 Kronen.|
Source: Page 71 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Feb-02-14|| ||RedShield: < 7200 Kronen>
|Feb-02-14|| ||Karpova: As it was an Austrian newspaper, the Austro-Hungarian krone is probably meant.|
|Feb-02-14|| ||RedShield: Blackburne was a beneficiary of krone capitalism.|
|Feb-11-14|| ||Poulsen: In an old chessmagazine (~ 1910) I saw a reference to an interview with Blackburne at his 50 years anniversary as chess player.|
He is supposed to have said, that Zukertort (not Steinitz) was the strongest player, that he had known. And that Morphy was his 'idol' as chessplayer - he thought, that Morphy was stronger than Lasker - however Lasker was by far the strongest player alive at this point in time.
Has anyone seen a record of the interview?
|Apr-02-14|| ||Phony Benoni: Man At Work:
|Apr-02-14|| ||zanzibar: When a blindfold game is adjourned, is the blindfolded player allowed to see the board at any time before resumption of play?|
|May-03-14|| ||Gottschalk: [Event "Great Britain"]
[White "J H Blackburne"]
[Black "William Norwood Potter"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Bd3 d5 7. Qe2 Be7 8.
O-O O-O 9. Bf4 Rb8 10. Nd2 Re8 11. e5 Bf8 12. Nb3 Nd7 13. Bg3 c5 14. c4 d4 15.
f4 Rb6 16. Rae1 Nb8 17. Qc2 g6 18. Nd2 f5 19. exf6 Rxe1 20. Bxe1 Qxf6 21. Ne4
Qe7 22. Ng3 Nc6 23. a3 Bg7 24. Bd2 Bd7 25. Re1 Qf8 26. b4 cxb4 27. c5 Rb8 28.
axb4 Re8 29. Rxe8 Bxe8 30. b5 Nd8 31. Qa2+ Kh8 32. Qxa7 Ne6 33. b6 Qxc5 34. Qa8
Qxb6 35. Qxe8+ Nf8 36. f5 gxf5 37. Nxf5 1-0
|May-04-14|| ||RedShield: Quit posting game scores to players' pages: PGN Upload Utility|
|May-26-14|| ||Nosnibor: In 1919 at the age of nearly 78 Blackburne gave two simultaneous exhibitions at the Victory Tournament in Hastings,losing only one game(Oskam) out of forty three.What a battling player he was!|
|Sep-17-14|| ||Stonehenge: Blackburne (without Ng1) - NN:
1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Nxc3 Nc6 7. Kh1 Be6 8. Bb5 Qd7 9. f4 f6 10. b4 Bb6 11. f5 Bf7 12. e5 fxe5 13. Qg4 g6 14. fxg6 Qxg4 15. gxf7+ Kf8 16. fxg8=Q+ Kxg8 17. Bh6 Qh4 18. Rf6 Qxf6 19. Bc4+ Qf7 20. Nd5 Qe6 21. Rf1 Qxh6 22. Ne7+ Kg7 23. Rf7# 1-0
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